The Youth Ministry Concentration of the Master's in Pastoral Ministry degree combines courses in theology with several courses in ministry, as well as youth ministry field education and a capstone project. This concentration equips students for service in parish and diocesan youth ministry.
In addition to the core courses, which are described in the courses section, the following courses are required to receive an MPM with a concentration in youth ministry:
RPS 6330. Ministry in the Church. This course explores the contemporary phenomenon of ministry in the Catholic Church from the angles of theology and pastoral practice. Theological exploration focuses on biblical visions of ministry, the history of ministry in the church, and its doctrinal underpinnings and implications, especially in ecclesiology. Pastoral consideration reflects on attitudes, knowledge, and skills necessary for effective pastoral ministry in today's church. Integrating these perspectives, the course includes discussion of issues related to the contemporary ministerial scene and critical ecclesial documents on ministry formation
RSP 6V71. Pastoral Ministry Field Education. This supervised placement in ministry provides a structured experience in field education. Working with a supervisor you will have a hands-on experience in ministry while developing yourself, your goals, and your understanding of this ministry field. Students may register for the course more than once.
RPS 6V90. Ministry Capstone. Students take this course in their final semester. It provides an opportunity for them to integrate previous coursework and reading with the knowledge and skills required to address particular pastoral tasks effectively. The student will work with seasoned ministerial practitioners who will provide onsite supervision. Capstone projects require the completion of a detailed application and written approval by School of Ministry faculty supervisors prior to registration.
Electives: Students choose six credit hours of elective pastoral ministry courses.